Digital Scrapbooking

Seven Myths about Digital Scrapbooking

Many traditional scrapbookers resist the temptation to experiment with digital scrapbooking because of some prevalent myths about going digital. This article will debunk these notions and explain the advantages of dipping your toes in the digital scrapbooking world.

 Digital Myth #1.

To create digital scrapbooks, I need to be a computer guru and learn complicated software.

Fact.

Today's digital scrapbooking software is easier than ever to use- even for the amateur. Affinity Designer offers a free 30-day trial, which is generally enough time to give it a try. And while it might take a little time to learn, you'll find that the endless array of beautiful, innovative scrapbook designs and photo collage frames is well worth the minimal effort.

One of the best programs for digital scrapbooking I know and which is really not expensive and does not have a monthly subscription is Affinity Designer for your Mac or Affinity Designer for iPad.

Convince yourself and have a look at this video where I show you step by step how to create a digital scrapbooking layout with Affinity Designer - a graphic program which can do much more than "just" digital scrapbooking but is perfect for that!

I got myself two Online Courses for Affinity Designer - one for Affinity Designer for the iPad and one for the Mac. I really like Phil Ebiner's Courses because they go in depth and after you have watched them you feel much more confident with the program.

You can find the Online Courses here:
Affinity Designer: The Complete Guide to Affinity Designer*
The complete Affinity Designer for iPad Course*

Digital Myth #2.

My digital scrapbooks will look amateurish because I lack experience with them.

Fact.

Even the beginner digital scrapper can produce professional-looking photo collages with the wide variety of easy-to-use scrapbook designs and collage frames available today. Electronically edited photos are of higher quality, computer text is consistently straight, and computer font is always legible. Generally, digital scrapbook pages look more professional than traditional creations and boost the pride scrappers feel in their projects.

Digital Myth #3.

Digital scrapbooking is more expensive than traditional scrapbooking.

Fact.

By switching to digital scrapbook designs, you can actually save yourself money ... and time. If you already own a computer, all you need to buy is the scrapbook layout software (e.g. Affinity Designer) and digital scrapbook kits (one is fine to start, find ours here!), which are fairly inexpensive. The equivalent in paper, scissors, glue, embellishments and albums is far more expensive, and once you use them, they're gone. Digital scrapbook designs and collage frames, on the other hand, can be used indefinitely. Think of the money you'll save on gas driving to and from the craft stores, and the money you could save on gifts by giving personalized photo collages to friends and family.
A great addition to this equipment is a printer so you can print out your projects. One great printer for digital scrapbookers is the Canon Pixma TS 8320*.

Digital Myth #4.

Switching to digital scrapbook designs will limit my creativity.

Fact.

You can take your creativity to exciting new levels with the variety of digital scrapbook designs and collage frames available now. Choose any design you like and turn it into just about anything you want. You can mix and match or create your own unique styles. Adjust the colors, sizes, patterns, arrangements ... add audio and even video... your options are limitless.

Here are some examples of creative Digital Scrapbooking Layouts:

Both look completely different but both are created with the same digital scrapbooking kit, "I just love You"

Digital Myth #5.

I don't have time to learn how to make digital scrapbooks.

Fact.

Today's graphic software Affinity Designer is so user-friendly and intuitive that it makes learning it a breeze. Once you get the hang of it, digital scrapbooking is a great timesaver. Correcting mistakes, editing, moving items around and revising are much easier and quicker to do digitally than they are by hand. You can size and resize your backgrounds and photo collage frames with a few simple mouse clicks and create beautiful keepsakes in no time.

And, if you decide to use your digital scrapbooking kit for paper scrapbooking we also got you covered!

Digital Myth #6.

I need to own a digital camera to create digital scrapbooks.

Fact.

Even if you only have a mobile phone, you can still create digital scrapbooks with the images you have taken with your phone. And you can also finally put to use those electronic photos your friends and family members have e-mailed to you (or you find on social media). Of course, with today's digital camera prices going down all the time, you may find you'd like to buy a digital camera anyway!

Digital Myth #7.

If I move to digital scrapbooks, I'll have to give up the traditional art of scrapbooking and the social and bonding aspects that come with joining my friends and family in making scrapbooks.

Fact.

On the contrary, digital scrapbooking broadens social circles. Many digital scrappers get together to share their digital resources and knowledge about editing programs. They go to scrapbook conventions and meet others in online digital scrapbooking chat rooms. Plus, you can take advantage of the digital scrapbook's ability to help you keep in touch with faraway friends and relatives via e-mail, Websites and easily printed copies of scrapbook pages that you can mail to them. You can also save them on an external hard drive or memory card.

Of course, you can still make traditional albums and consider integrating your digital scrapbook designs into them. And as you learn new techniques and tricks digitally, you're apt to spark your creativity with traditional scrapbooking.

You don't need to become an expert digital scrapbooker overnight. Start out small by making a simple digital photo album, then work your way up to a full-fledged scrapbook. Happy scrapping!

It's also great fun to connect with other scrappers here our Pool Bar and show your crafts!

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Hybrid Scrapbooking

How to start Hybrid Scrapbooking with Digital Kits

Scrapbooking has been around for ages, but it has recently experienced a surge in popularity. People from all walks of life have discovered the joys of creating albums to showcase their treasured photos and keepsakes. But with all the elaborate scrapbooking techniques and myriad embellishments available, getting started can be intimidating. The truth is, anyone that can use scissors and glue can scrapbook. And you don't have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to create attractive pages. With some basic supplies and a little imagination, you can create lovely scrapbooks that will be adored for years to come.

What you need to Paper Scrapbook with Digital Kits

You can start scrapbooking in three ways. There is traditional scrapbooking where you need papers and embellishments (and I promise you'll love to shop them but it can become expensive!). You can also scrapbook digitally where you "just" need your computer, an image editing program, your favorite digital kit and later on a printer. But you can also grab the best from both worlds and do hybrid scrapbooking which means that you use digital scrapbooking kits, print them and scrapbook traditionally.

Having said that it's a way to start scrapbooking on a small budget. Here are the things you'll need for Hybrid Scrapbooking:

Hybrid Scrapbooking

The easiest way is to buy a digital kit, print out what you like and need and paper scrapbook with it. Scrapbooking albums come in all shapes and sizes or you create them yourself - I have several videos for different scrapbooks on my YouTube Channel. The most popular sizes are a Traveler's Notebook in 8.25 x 4.25, Letter Size in 8 1/2" x 11" and 12" x 12". Although in our Digital Scrapbooking Kits Papers come in 12x12 I'd be careful with that size because most of us do not have a 12x12 printer at home. So it's better to print the 12x12 pages on A4 or Letter Size paper.

Your Scrapbook Paper is the basis for each page. So it's a good idea to print them on stronger paper, maybe with about 40 lb.

You can easily get by with just a good pair of scissors. But an Exacto knife* might make photo cropping easier. And if you're no good at cutting straight lines, you might want to invest in a paper trimmer*. 

There are all sorts of adhesives* one could use for scrapbooking. Glue sticks and double-sided tape are quite popular. Some scrapbookers also use rubber cement or glue dots for certain applications. But when you're getting started, just use what you're most comfortable with. 

Beginning scrapbookers often start out with old photos that they've accumulated over the years. This makes for a nice, nostalgic album. Of course you can also take new pictures for your scrapbook. Your mobile phone and a photo printer* are two modern conveniences that make scrapbooking easier and we all have it with us all day. When purchasing scrapbooking supplies, it's important to make sure they are acid-free. This will keep them from harming your priceless photos. You are on the safe side with digital scrapbooking - you choose the paper where you print your backgrounds and embellishments on.

Hybrid Scrapbooking in Short

Basic Techniques to Paper Scrapbook

You don't have to know a lot about scrapbooking techniques to create an attractive album. Just a few simple techniques will suffice.
One of the first things many scrapbookers learn is how to mat photos. This can be accomplished by simply cutting a square or rectangle that is about a half inch longer and wider than the photo you want to mat. Then glue the photo to the center. To make a photo really stand out, double mat it by cutting out a shape a half inch longer and wider than the first mat, and center the matted photo on it.
Journaling (aka Storytelling!) gives scrapbook pages a nice personal touch. Simply write a note about the photos on a page, telling what was happening or sharing your thoughts on the subject. Use paper that coordinates with the background, and be sure to write with an acid-free pen.
Adding borders to your pages gives them a finished look. You can make them out of strips of coordinating scrapbook paper. You don't have to border all four sides. A strip along the top, side or bottom will do.
For easy embellishing, use some stickers. There's no need to throw in the towel if you don't have the time, money or know-how to create elaborate scrapbooks. Just start off simple, and learn new techniques as you go.

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Just two samples what you can do with the Digital Scrapbooking Cluster:

You can also do all this with each and every digital scrapbooking kit.

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